Former Rugby World Cup winner Ben Cohen has joined The Jump. But, in the words of Nikki Graham, who IS he!?

This series of The Jump has been plagued with injuries like never before – so much so that they’ve had to draft in a fresh new celebrity!

Ben Cohen joined the Channel 4 show over the weekend, narrowly beating Joe Swash in his first challenge, the Speed Ski slalom.

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But who is the muscle-bound hunk that had viewers swooning over his lycra-clad debut? Here’s 7 essential facts about Ben…

He first found fame as a rather good rugby player

‘You probably best know me from being part of the England rugby team,’ Ben said as he was unveiled as the new celeb on Sunday night’s The Jump. Erm, no Ben, we know you from your lovely big rugby-playing arms! But same thing…

He started his sporting career at the age of 17, and went on to lift the Rugby World Cup along with the rest of the England team in 2003.


He’s loved up with Strictly star Kristina Rhianoff

The old Strictly Come Dancing curse struck again when Ben appeared on the show in 2013.

He had been married to wife Abby Cohen for 10 years when he joined the BBC show, but rumours of a romance between him and his professional dance partner Kristina soon surfaced.

Despite denying the reports at the time, Ben and Abby announced they were splitting in September 2014, and Ben and Kristina later went public with their relationship.

GIF Ben Cohen Kristina Rihanoff


He’s a proud dad (and a dad-to-be)

Ben has twin daughters Harriette and Isabelle, 7, with Abby, and the girls were often seen supporting their daddy during his time on Strictly.

They’re about to get a little brother or sister, too, after Kristina announced she was expecting Ben’s child during her stint on Celebrity Big Brother in January.

My little gorgeous girlies!! Proud Dad☺️ Love them so much ❤️

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He’s on a mission to give bullying the elbow

In 2011, Ben founded The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the damaging effects of bullying, and funding those doing working to stop it.

He’s a gay icon

Despite being straight himself, Ben’s anti-bullying work coupled with his super-hot bod have made him a favourite amongst the gay community, and he’s happily posed for various gay magazine covers.


He’s suffered family heartache

Ben’s father, Peter Cohen, tragically died in November 2000 after being viciously attacked in his eldest son Julian’s Northampton nightclub as he tried to keep the peace after a fight broke out – something he says says was ‘incredibly painful’, but also gave him the drive to achieve World Cup success.


He’s clinically deaf

Ben suffers from tinnitus, a constant ringing in the ears, something that has caused him some problems.

‘I’d walk past people and blank them when they spoke to me,’ he said. ‘That must have looked awful. No wonder people thought that I was arrogant. But the truth was that half the time I never heard them.’